At its 301st Session (March 2008), the International Labour Organization (ILO ) Governing Body agreed to put an
item on decent work for domestic workers on the agenda at the 99th Session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) 2010, with a view to the setting of labour standards. The ILO ‘s decision to include the discussion on decent work for domestic workers in the 2010 International Labour Conference (ILC) is a significant and crucial development for women’s movement and domestic workers groups. In preparation for this, ILO issued a Law and Practice Report along with a questionnaire in April 2009 for governments, labor unions and employers (tripartite approach) to answer. The process hopes to culminate in a Domestic Workers Convention, which would recognize the dignity of domestic work and provide better protection for domestic workers, including migrant domestic workers.
Consistent with its advocacy for the recognition of domestic work as work and to prepare for the upcoming campaign in the ILC and ILO , and upon the release of the questionnaire, Migrant Forum in Asia (M FA) and Asian M igrant Domestic Workers Alliance (ADWA) spearheaded the consultations at the national and regional levels. These processes sought to generate responses to a possible ILO instrument that addresses the specific conditions of domestic workers and strengthens protections of this vulnerable informal sector. These consultations w ere done in collaboration with our partner trade unions and civil society organizations.
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